When I was in college and annoyed about moving for the 6th or 7th time in 4 years my mom said, “Think of all those military wives who have to move all the time with their families.” Little did either one of us know I would someday be a military wife. Maybe all that moving I did in college prepared me 🙂
When my husband joined the Army and it was time to move to Germany I was thrilled that the Army sent people to not only move us but also to pack us up. By this point I think I had packed & moved over 10 times since I had left my parents house at 18. It was time for someone else to do it…
When we moved back to the US we went from a 4 bedroom with a ton of storage to a 3 bedroom house. It’s been hard to figure out how to organize here. Going from a huge house to a much smaller one is difficult.
We are going to move again in March. Not far. Not to a new duty station. Just to another rental. One that would work a little better with 3 kids and that is either a little newer or has been kept up better. We decided against the on-post thing for right now. Before we move I have a lot of decluttering to do. I will have to pack myself for the first time in years. That will be weird but I hope it will not be as hard as I am thinking. I think decluttering before we move will help a lot.
Living this lifestyle I want each house I am in to become my home. I don’t want to fall into the, “well we won’t live here that long so it doesn’t really matter” mindset I seem to be in right now. When we move in March we will stay in that rental until A) We PCS in 2013/2014 or B) Decide to stay here and then I hope we can buy a house. Either way that is about 2.5/3 years in the place. I have never stayed anywhere that long since I was 18. I am excited about it!
Thinking over the next 16 or so years we have left in the military, I wonder how many different houses we will have? And will it be weird for us to finally be out of the military and live in the same house for 5, 10, 15+ years?
I know when we got married I wanted to buy a house we would live in forever. One where my children would bring their children for Christmas and it would have been the same place they grew up in. But that didn’t happen. Maybe it still can to some degree? I don’t know.
Home IS where the Army sends us 🙂
How many houses have you lived in? Do you ever miss one of them more than the others?